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Winds of Khalakovo: The First Volume of The Lays of Anuskaya Paperback – April 1, 2011

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Debut novelist Beaulieu paints a detailed and realistic portrayal of individual fates bound up in social responsibilities as well-grounded cultures clash. Prince Nikandr Khalakovo, facing an arranged marriage, also suffers from a wasting disease plaguing the Anuskaya islands. When the rebellious Maharraht loose a fire elemental and kill the visiting Grand Duke Stasa Bolgravya, civil war erupts, and all factions seek to capture a mysterious autistic boy who straddles both the spirit and the material worlds. Beaulieu skillfully juggles elements borrowed from familiar cultures (primarily Russian and Bedouin) as well as telepathy, airborne ships, and magical gems. Viewpoint shifts are occasionally confusing, but the prose is often poetic—airborne skiffs under attack "dropped like kingfishers" and "twisted in the air like maple seeds"—and the characters have welcome depth. (Apr.)
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The Winds of Khalokovo is filled with clean prose, intelligent language, and brilliant imagination. Reading this fantasy was like sinking my teeth into a rich and exotic dessert. --Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show

Elegantly crafted, refreshingly creative. --C.S. Friedman, Bestselling author of The Coldfire Trilogy

Well worth exploring... --Glen Cook, Bestselling author of The Black Company

The boldly imagined new world and sharply drawn characters will pull you into 
The Winds of Khalakovo and won't let you go until the last page. --Michael A. Stackpole, New York Times bestselling author of I, Jedi

Exactly the kind of fantasy I like to read. --Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of The Saga of the Seven Suns

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 1597802182
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Night Shade Books; 1st edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 464 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781597802185
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1597802185
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.24 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 1.16 x 9 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.8 out of 5 stars 131 ratings

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Bradley P. Beaulieu began writing his first fantasy novel in college, but in the way of these things, it was set aside as life intervened. As time went on, though, Brad realized that his love of writing and telling tales wasn't going to just slink quietly into the night. The drive to write came back full force in the early 2000s, at which point Brad dedicated himself to the craft, writing several novels and learning under the guidance of writers like Nancy Kress, Joe Haldeman, Tim Powers, Holly Black, Michael Swanwick, Kij Johnson, and many more.

Brad and his novels have garnered many accolades and most anticipated lists, including two Hotties--the Debut of the Year and Best New Voice--on Pat's Fantasy Hotlist, a Gemmell Morningstar Award nomination for The Winds of Khalakovo and more:

* 25 Best of 2015 lists for Twelve Kings in Sharakhai

* 2016 Gemmell Legend Award Nomination for Twelve Kings in Sharakhai

* Top Ten Book and Debut of the Year for 2011 on Pat's Fantasy Hotlist for The Winds of Khalakovo

* Best New Voice of 2011 on Pat's Fantasy Hotlist

* 2011 Gemmell Morningstar Award Nomination for The Winds of Khalakovo

* Top Ten Debut for The Winds of Khalakovo on Ranting Dragon's Best of 2011

* Top Ten Debut for The Winds of Khalakovo on Mad Hatter's Best of 2011

* Honorable Mention for The Winds of Khalakovo on LEC Reviews Best of 2011

* Top Five Book for 2012 on Pat's Fantasy Hotlist for The Straits of Galahesh

* 2012 Most Anticipated for The Straits of Galahesh on Staffer's Book Review

* 2012 Most Anticipated for The Straits of Galahesh on The Ranting Dragon

* 2013 Most Anticipated for The Flames of Shadam Khoreh on The Ranting Dragon

In addition to being an L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Award winner, Brad's stories have appeared in various other publications, including Realms of Fantasy Magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Writers of the Future 20, and several anthologies from DAW Books. His story, "In the Eyes of the Empress's Cat," was voted a Notable Story of 2006 in the Million Writers Award.

Brad continues to work on his next projects, including an Arabian Nights epic fantasy and a Norse-inspired middle grade series. He also runs the highly successful science fiction and fantasy podcast, Speculate, which can be found at speculatesf.com.

Novels

THE SONG OF THE SHATTERED SANDS

* Of Sand and Malice Made

* Twelve Kings in Sharakhai

* With Blood Upon the Sand

* A Veil of Spears

THE LAYS OF ANUSKAYA

* The Winds of Khalakovo

* The Straits of Galahesh

* The Flames of Shadam Khoreh

Short Story Collections

* Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories

Novellas

* The Burning Light (with Rob Ziegler)

* Strata (with Stephen Gaskell)

* Irindai

Novelettes

* "To the Towers of Tulandan", a Lays of Anuskaya story. First printed in Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories.

* "Unearthed", a Bryndlholt story. First printed in Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories.

* "Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten". First printed in Realms of Fantasy Magazine.

* "From the Spices of Sanandira". First printed in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

* "Foretold". First printed in Steampunk'd by DAW Books.

* "How Peacefully the Desert Sleeps". First printed in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show.

* "Cirque Du Lumière". First printed in Fellowship Fantastic by DAW Books.

Short Stories

* "Prima", a Lays of Anuskaya story. First printed in Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories.

* "In the Eyes of the Empress's Cat". First printed in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show.

* "Sweet as Honey". First printed in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show.

* "Shadows in the Mirrors". First printed in Dimensions Next Door by DAW Books.

* "Parting the Clouds". First printed in Time-Traveled Tales.

* "An Instrument of War". First printed in Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories.

* "Flotsam". First printed in Writers of the Future XX.

* "Prey to the Gods". First printed in Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories.

* "A Trade of Shades". First printed in Alien Skin Magazine.

* "Good Morning Heartache". First printed in Spells in the City by DAW Books.

Contact Information

Website: www.quillings.com

Podcast: www.speculatesf.com

Twitter: @bbeaulieu

Facebook: facebook.com/bradley.p.beaulieu

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